Aphrodite

Gallery: Tragedy in Visual Art

In this Gallery we are going to the theater. My featured picture is one of Aphrodite, because she is at the root of the war of Troy and we see her often in Greek tragedies. Love is often present in dramas and the cause of many deaths. "Powerful among mortals am I and not without reputation, I am called the goddess Kypris even in heaven. And those who dwell within… Read more

In Focus: Song 1 of Sappho

|1 You with pattern-woven flowers, immortal Aphrodite, |2 child of Zeus, weaver of wiles, I implore you, |3 do not devastate with aches and sorrows,|4 Mistress, my heart! |5 But come here [tuide], if ever at any other time |6 hearing my voice from afar, |7 you heeded me, and leaving the palace of your father, |8 golden, you came, |9 having harnessed the chariot; and you were carried along… Read more

Under Discussion: Is Anchises a Casanova?

One of the texts we are reading in the community is the beautiful Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite. Quoting an eighteenth-century adventurer, Casanova, might seem an odd start to a classical study. It is clear in the Hymn that the mighty goddess will say whatever it takes to consummate her Zeus-given passion for the Trojan prince Anchises. Read more